The Eagles have signed a top defender Haason Reddick and wide receiver pascal pascal this offseason and otherwise has been mostly quiet in terms of adding outside talent. But it’s not for lack of trying.
As ESPN.com’s Tim McManus (subscription required) writes, Philadelphia made an effort to sign the former Saints safety Marcus Williams. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription required), the Eagles made a competitive offer to Williams, who eventually signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Ravens.
GM Howie Roseman also took big swings at other positions. We already knew the club had almost completed a trade for the Falcons Calvin Riley before news of his game suspension surfaced, and according to McLane the Eagles were also interested in WR Robert Woods. Woods was under contract with the Rams and was recently traded to the Titans, but Los Angeles gave him a say in his next destination, and he chose Tennessee over Philadelphia.
Precipitating the Rams trade from Woods was the club’s acquisition of Allen Robinson, which Roseman also sued. But Robinson, like Woods and most other notable players changing teams this offseason, chose to go elsewhere.
As McLane writes, the Eagles’ status as an equally popular team when it comes to this year’s open-market talent pool may be a function of how players outside the organization view the odds. of Philadelphia to compete in 2022. And, of course, a team’s chances of competing are inextricably tied to that team’s QB.
While it is unfair to blame the historical caller exclusively Jalen hurts for Eagles inability to make more FA or trade acquisitions so far in 2022, McLane confirms Eagles were interested in Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilsonand he thinks Roseman will continue to do whatever he can to find an upgrade from Hurts.
That could mean using one of his three first-round picks in next month’s draft on a passer, though McLane believes Roseman won’t do that and will instead trade one of those picks to improve his draft capital by 2023, when QB prospects are expected to be better than this year’s crop. And assuming the Eagles don’t draft a quarterback this year and see a trade candidate like Jimmy Garoppolo Where Mayfield Baker as a worthwhile investment, then Hurts will have another chance to prove its long-term worth.